Child domain controller installation over WAN(site to site)

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Can i install Child domain controller from branch office as my site to site VPN tunnel is up and running or do i need to bring first Child domain controller at head office and then taking back it to branch office and setting up AD site and Services

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Nagendra Pratap SinghDesktop Applications Specialist

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You can install it over WAN or install it from media.

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What happens when you need to deploy a new Domain Controller in a different country, but your NTDS.DIT file is over 180 Gigabytes, and your WAN is as slow as your grandmother?  Well I don’t know what you call it, but I call it a perfect storm of failure.  This is the exact situation one of my customers was facing.  Waiting for 180 gigs of data to replicate around a SLOOOW WAN isn’t my idea of a fun time!  Instead we deployed the additional Domain Controller using the install from media (IFM) method.


http://www.brandonlawson.com/active-directory/deploying-domain-controllers-with-install-from-media-ifm/

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http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc770654%28v=ws.10%29.aspx
Use IFM method. As installing child DC using WAN may cause data corruption some times due to network snags.

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